You may be reading the title of this post and wondering "who stole Katelyn's life and how is she taking it back?" Or let's be honest you may not have even noticed the title. Either way we're talking about this today. It's one of the not so sexy and less talked about sides of business ownership…anxiety. Essentially anxiety stole my life for a while there after the launch of Woodbury Lane followed by a period of mental/work paralysis. While I have experienced anxiety before and I knew that owning a business would certainly cause some stressors, I had no clue of the magnitude. I mean this was heart pounding, throat closing, nauseating anxiety. For weeks I dealt with insomnia and waking up in panic modes and maybe even some doubts if I was cut out for the task of being a solo entrepreneur (for your disclosure I think I've got a better handle on this now).
But since my main goal in life is to be happy, I couldn't let this persist. I needed to take back my life. Take back control of my days (and nights) and be healthy again. I began with an intense spring summer cleaning of my closet and bedroom. It had gotten so bad, to the point where I literally just had a clothing rack in my bedroom and kept all of my favorite clothes on it because I didn't want to deal with what was in my closet. I gutted anything that hadn't been worn in months and handed off some gently used items to friends and lots of other items to Goodwill. What I quickly found is that the only thing I really wear these days are staples. Sure they might be trendy versions of staples and ever-changing (okay & maaaybe an occasional bright pink coat), but the primary colors and tightly fitting tees just aren't cutting it for me anymore.
Needless to say this adorable, hi-low hem, grey maxi made the cut. And when I finished the purge I felt invigorated and…healthy. One step closer to the #takebackmylife goal.